Joe Kinnear is pleased that Steven Taylor came back from an off day against Blackburn Rovers, to be our man of the match last Sunday, when he scored one and made one.
Steven Taylor – man of the match on Sunday
Taylor was at fault when he allowed Samba to beat him to a free kick, and head the ball easily past Shay Given, against Blackburn at St. James’ Park in our previous game.
Kinnear watched both games from the stands, and he saw enough of Taylor in the Blackburn game to know he could trust him, although he switched him to right back, when Beye was injured, and brought in the experienced Cacapa alongside Coloccini on Sunday against Everton.
46% of our readers thought Steven was man of the match last Sunday, with over 800 total votes in, and he gave a sterling display, especially in the second half – and by the way there’s still time to vote if you haven’t yet done so.
Kinnear was delighted with the lads on Sunday, and so he should be, especially for their display in the second half, when with a little bit of luck we may have just shaded it.
Joe talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“I don’t want to ask anyone to play out of position, but when Habib Beye told me he just wasn’t ready that’s what I had to do with Taylor.”
“I know he is a central defender but he went in at right-back without any complaints and I thought he put all the previous problems that he has had behind him.”
“He was probably our man of the match at Goodison Park in a lot of respects.” “He had a terrific performance, and a terrific game. He scored a great goal.’’
Good and accurate words from Kinnear, and of course Steven is now off to captain the England Under-21 side, in their playoff games against Wales for next year’s European Under-21 Championships in Sweden.